It’s important to show your workers that you care about their health and safety at work and at home during times of uncertainty. Talk to your workers and ask them what they need to stay safe. Involve workers in decision-making to determine the best way to stay safe while maintaining continuity of operations.
U.S. Department of the Treasury, IRS and the U.S. Department of Labor Announce Plan to Implement Coronavirus-Related Paid Leave for Workers and Tax Credits for Small and Midsize Businesses to Swiftly Recover the Cost of Providing Coronavirus-Related Leave
March 20, 2020 - WASHINGTON, DC – Today the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020.
I have been struggling with writing our own COVID-19 dissertation in light of the fact that you have likely received emails on the Corona Virus from every conceivable source including schools, restaurants, accountants, lawyers, airlines, hotels, and trade associations. They all say pretty much the same thing—wash your hands, keep your distance, etc. We have nothing to add to keep you safe as we’ve all been reading and watching the same things.
The APCA Board of Directors has been closely monitoring the coronavirus and has decided that the best course of action for the association and the safety of its members is to cancel the APCA Annual Convention scheduled for March 27-April 1 in the Bahamas. All room reservations at the Grand Hyatt will be cancelled.
APCA will contact all convention registrants via email to explain the next steps.
OSHA is reminding employers to submit their 2019 OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) by March 2, 2020.
Who is required to submit Form 300A?
- Establishments with 250 or more employees that are required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and
- Establishments with 20 to 249 employees in certain industries. For the list of designated industries, visit https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1904/1904.41AppA.
How to submit Form 300A: Submit injury and illness data electronically at www.osha.gov/injuryreporting.
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established a revised National Emphasis Program (NEP) to identify and reduce or eliminate worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) in general industry, maritime, and construction.
OSHA will conduct 90 days of compliance assistance for stakeholders prior to beginning programmed inspections for the NEP.
The NEP targets specific industries expected to have the highest numbers of workers exposed to silica and focuses on enforcement of the new silica standards, one for general industry and maritime (29 CFR § 1910.1053) and one for construction (29 CFR § 1926.1153). These standards became effective in June 2016, and construction employers were required to begin complying with their standard as of September 23, 2017. General industry and maritime employers were required to begin complying with their standard as of June 23, 2018.
U.S. Department of Labor Launches New Webpage to Observe 50th Anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a new webpage marking the 50th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the landmark worker safety and health law that led to the creation of OSHA.
The 2019 Pipeline Leadership Conference will take place November 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency Houston Intercontinental Hotel in Texas.
This annual event brings together pipeline operations, engineering and construction senior executives who are driving transformation and innovation in pipeline and distribution system design, construction, and operations. View the agenda and register.
On September 16, a coalition of 31 associations, including APCA, sent a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Senate and House transportation committees opposing four costly and burdensome proposals that are being floated for inclusion the next highway bill.
While our prayers certainly go out to all those affected by Hurricane Dorian, we are happy to report that Baha Mar, home to the 2020 APCA Convention, was not directly impacted by the storm. The resort and the nearby Lynden Pindling International Airport are both fully operational, and the APCA Convention will go on as planned.
OSHA’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) will hold a teleconference/WebEx meeting on September 9, 2019 to consider a proposed rule on occupational exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds in the construction industry. See the Federal Register Notice for more information. Directions for signing into WebEx will be posted in the Docket and on the ACCSH web pagebefore to the meeting.